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Quite the Convincing Comic

In a comment to Daily Scan's post earlier this week on how some researchers are using the ultra-popular Harry Potter series to get students interested in genetics, reader ivan_2 said that "researchers [would] rather go with X-Men instead. … I knew about X-Men way before Harry Potter." Indeed at his blog, Genomic Repairman says he owes a debt to X-Men. "X-Men was the first comic book that I ever laid eyes and hands upon in the old drugstore in town when my dad took me to the counter to get a sandwich and a soda," he writes. After taking interest in the comic book series' dramatic interpretation of genetic mutation, Genomic Repairman says he then took to the encyclopedia:

I found the term mutation, spawning further searches for genetics, DNA, Mendel, and reproduction. But this wasn't enough for me, I made my dad take me to the local library where I was able to get my grubby little hands on a dog-eared copy of James Watson's The Double Helix, which piqued my interest.

He adds, "I'm eternally grateful for my childhood indulgence that [led] me down the path that would eventually make me a scientist."

The Scan

Not Kept "Clean and Sanitary"

A Food and Drug Administration inspection uncovered problems with cross contamination at an Emergent BioSolutions facility, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Resumption Recommendation Expected

The Washington Post reports that US officials are expected to give the go-ahead to resume using Johnson & Johnson's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Canada's New Budget on Science

Science writes that Canada's new budget includes funding for the life sciences, but not as much as hoped for investigator-driven research.

Nature Papers Examine Single-Cell, Multi-Omic SARS-CoV-2 Response; Flatfish Sequences; More

In Nature this week: single-cell, multi-omics analysis provides insight into COVID-19 pathogenesis, evolution of flatfish, and more.